The Center for Medical Cannabis (CMC) is the government authority overseeing the legal medical cannabis industry in Utah. The CMC works under the Utah Department of Health & Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advocates for, supports, and serves all individuals and communities in Utah. They strive to ensure all Utahns have fair and equitable opportunities to live safe and healthy lives. The DHHS achieves this through effective policy and a seamless system of services and programs.
The licensing board may not issue a license to operate a cannabis production establishment to an applicant if any individual has been convicted under state or federal law of:
- a felony; or
- after December 3, 2018, a misdemeanor for drug distribution;
- is younger than 21 years old; or
- after September 23, 2019 until January 1, 2023, is actively serving as a legislator.
The CMC shall issue at least five but not more than eight licenses to operate a cannabis cultivation facility.
The CMC may issue a number of licenses to operate a cannabis cultivation facility that, in addition to the licenses described in Subsection (1), does not cause the total number of licenses to exceed 15 if the department determines, in consultation with the Department of Health and after an annual or more frequent analysis of the current and anticipated market for medical cannabis, that each additional license is necessary to provide an adequate supply, quality, or variety of medical cannabis to medical cannabis cardholders.